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I was inspired to create this blog after a discussion in Anne Brays new genres class at Claremont Graduate University about Alan Kaprow. I believe the sentiment behind Kaprow's project "Trading Dirt" is evident online today. The idea of trading stories. The following images are from one of Kaprow's essays and explains his project "Trading Dirt". My hope is that at some point the posts in this blog will contribute to a larger installation project. Please contribute to this great project. Thanks Jay Merryweather
Please trade your dirt.
In 1983 a long-running piece [by Allan Kaprow] was described as “… trading dirt. He took a bucket of dirt from his garden and carried it around to trade for other dirt. He was interested in the reactions of bystanders in his attempts to trade. The dirt gained symbolic value after multiple exchanges of dirt, stories, and experiences over a nine year period.
Please articulate your own interpretation of Kaprow's trading dirt by trading your dirt. I am interested in hearing a story about you, and any accompanying images, videos, or illustrations that go with it.